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THE EXPENDITURE totals usually don’t quite add up and tallies from different entities don’t match. But there is no question that among those who strike it big during elections are media outfits, and the 2016 polls proved no different.

THE general manager of SMA Builder, one of the firms awarded with a road project in Marawi, this Monday confirmed to PCIJ that she is related to the Macarambons but clarified that the political family in Lanao del Sur had nothing to do with the contracts that had been awarded to her company.

BY ALL indications, the May 2016 elections are no different from previous polls in which those donating to the campaign coffers of candidates and political parties turn out to be the same business owners and executives yet again. In past elections, the names of the prohibited corporations themselves were listed in the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) that the partisans have filed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

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